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Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 14:37

A response of "it doesn't need any treatment and is quite ok left outside" could certainly be construed as suggesting that teak can stand up to anything that is thrown at it.  I was simply clarifying that even teak has its limits.


Posted: 08/09/2013 at 14:08

I didn't say throw stones etc AT the cats.  I throw them to land near enough to scare them away.  Elicit a Pavlovian reaction if you like.  They associate their actions with a reaction they don't like and modify their behavious accordingly.

As for anti-social behaviour - letting your cats foul a neighbour's property ain't exactly a sociable act is it??

Climber Jiffy plugs

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 14:05

2 Jasmine, 2 Lonicera, 2 Passiflora.

I have put gravel in the bottom of the pots to help with drainage.


Wooden garden furniture

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 12:11

Even teak furniture will rot given the right/wrong conditions.  Due to injury I was unable to look after the garden properly for 2 or 3 years and a good quality teak bench was left under an overgrown pergola all that time.  When finally retrieved, a section of the back had completely rotted away.

The conditions would have been exceptional, i.e. wet, humid and dark with little sun or air movement.  Just don't think that you can automatically assume that teak will simply last a lifetime.


Posted: 08/09/2013 at 12:06

First thing I would do is dump the 'droppings' back over the fence.  Their cats, their ****!  If they are using the borders as a toilet maybe netting would discourage them in the short term and they'd find somewhere else.  If, as in my garden, they are doing it on the lawn it's a whole different problem.  I keep a supply of stones and lumps of hard soil ready and it does seem to have reduced the number of times the calling cards are left.

I'm assuming shotguns and flamethrowers aren't permitted

Climber Jiffy plugs

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 12:01

I've just received 6 climber Jiffy plugs from the Thomson & Morgan offer and have potted them up.  Where is the best place to put them while they are growing on.  I have put the pots onto a tray so they are easy to move around if required.

I have a large patio area so can accommodate most requirements ie. full shade to full sun. I'm assuming full sun isn't a good idea.

Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 22:39

Also known as 'pheasant berry'.  Be careful of the black berries, they stain like**** and the stain is very difficult to remove from clothing. Apart from that, a lovely plant.

Unwelcome visitor

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 20:06

Contact the local council environment health department immediately.  Tell them it's coming through from your neighbour's garden and they will respond.


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 17:35

With a big, empty garden we do have the luxury of being able to look at what's in flower, or soon coming into flower, and buying some of them if we like the look. We still have plenty of room for planting throughout the year.

With a smaller garden there's the risk that you see lots at the same time, buy and then have no interest for the rest of the year.

Hedge problem.

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 21:33

We had the same problem between our garden and the neighbour.  The hedge had fallen both ways and left a wide empty section in the middle.  We jointly decided it was better to remove it and put a fence in.  Not only did we get rid of the hassle of cutting it, we regained several feet of garden each.

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